8 October 2015
By Richard Winger
Ballot Access News
On October 8, two Socialist Party candidates for the California legislature filed a federal lawsuit
against the California law that forces them to have “party preference:
none” on the ballot, if they run for Congress or partisan state office.
Soltysik v Padilla, c.d., 2:15cv-7916-AB. They want to have “party
preference: Socialist” on the ballot.
Because California no longer has party nominees for Congress or
partisan state office, there is no purpose for the party labels shown on
California ballots except to give information to the voters about that
candidate’s principles. California only permits candidates who are
members of qualified parties to have a partisan label on the ballot.
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